UPDATE (4/3/18, 5:15 p.m.): According to TMZ, two men by the names of Jonathan Ricketts and Shawn Harewood are suspected of robbing Brooklyn rapper Safaree and have been captured by New York and New Jersey police. Sources shared with the site that police pursued them from New Jersey into New York as they chased them over the George Washington Bridge. The men reportedly crashed their car and attempted to escape on foot before police finally caught up with them.
There's no information yet on how the police were tipped off to the whereabouts of the suspects, but law enforcement reportedly told TMZ that Safaree claimed to have been robbed out of roughly $183,000 in cash and jewelry.
Brooklyn rapper Safaree unfortunately experienced a stormy start to his week on Monday (April 2) after arriving for his sit-down at The Angie Martinez Show only to reveal that just hours prior, he was robbed at gunpoint.
The “Hunnid” artist held back tears as Angie Martinez introduced him live on air for the interview—before she realized how emotional he was about the ordeal, that is.
“Um, I just got robbed at gunpoint,” he revealed. Safaree added that two men with two guns ran up on him and that they “came out of nowhere” when he got out of his car.
“Had me face down on the floor with a gun to my head,” he said while struggling through his words. “They just took everything.”
Apparently, this was the first time the Love & Hip Hop cast member had ever experienced such a horrific situation. Considering that he doesn’t walk around with any weapons himself, he was especially unnerved, despite stating that he does have armed security.
“I’ve never had a gun pointed to my face, and it’s like, I don’t know who the hell these people were, I don’t know where it’s coming from…” he continued.
It’s reasonable that he’d be so shaken up about the incident as well after his uncle was tragically murdered in August 2017, a loss that deeply affected the 36-year-old. He revealed to Angie that his uncle’s murder also occurred during a robbery where he was stabbed to death. Not to mention, he couldn’t fathom what his mother might go through had things turned out worse for him.
According to his recollection, he was laid out on the ground when the robbers jacked his stuff. When he knew the coast was clear, he got up and ran. However, he added, he couldn’t call the police because the perpetrators also took his phone along with the other belongings. As for who he believes is responsible for the holdup, he told Angie, it’s possible that it was an inside job.
“Everything is on the up and up for me, and people see that, and they’re just so jealous and envious,” he said. “It gotta be somebody who knows me and is close to me.”
Thankfully, Safaree said that the police are on top of everything now that he’s reported the mugging, and he’ll also be beefing up his security. But after taking his story to Angie’s show, live on air for the entire world to hear, some are jumping to his defense while others are shamelessly cracking jokes on the reported robbery.
Watch him explain the incident to Angie and what the internet had to say about Safaree’s sticky situation below (including video vixen Kat Stacks and another Power 105.1 host, Charlamagne Tha God).
My ex cocked his gun back and put it in my mouth then pistol whipped me on my head a couple of months ago but I didn’t shed 1 tear, but Safaree out here crying because he got robbed at gun point 🤦🏼♀️— KAT STACKS (@QUEENKatStacks) April 3, 2018
That Safaree situation is not funny ...nobody knows how they would act in a life threatening situation until it happens. That "people get robbed everyday" shit is trash and shows how desensitized some people are, it's ok to be human.— 😎🔥🔥🔥 (@gorgeousReedz) April 3, 2018
Safaree got robbed at gunpoint and is emotional about it, and all I’m seeing is women clown him. But last week y’all told me that y’all cared about black men’s emotions...— 🎙The Lord Dave (@TheLordDave) April 3, 2018
Safaree got robbed— Barbie® (@ltsBarbieBish) April 2, 2018
Ppl at laughing at safaree and calling him extra but trust me y’all would be saying different if y’all ever had niggas really pointing guns in your face.— D. (@_dchantelle) April 3, 2018
So someone robbed Safaree? I swear I hate an ol thieving ass person. That man works for what he has. It pisses me off that someone feels like they can just take it. Sorry mofos.— Hendrix Monae (@Chrissy1002) April 3, 2018
see when you do clownery ... 🤣 pic.twitter.com/fY0FFq9xbI— Chris ◡̈ (@chrisxtapia) April 3, 2018
All these lames clowning Safaree have never felt the fear that comes with having a gun put in your face. A bunch of wannabe hard niggas that think they so tough...— Big Game James (@GeneralBK) April 3, 2018
If you have never been robbed at gun point before then there’s ABSOLUTELY NO REASON why y’all should be clowning Safaree.— Josh Maraj. 🤘🏾👅 (@GetChoLife1) April 3, 2018
That shit is not a good feeling AT ALL! I’ve been in that situation!
Your life is deadass on the line!
SAFAREE GOT ROBBED AT GUNPOINT WENT AND CRIED ABOUT IT ON POWER 105.1 LIKE A SUCKA 😂😂😂— D (@bykewoods) April 2, 2018
You gtta be the biggest cornball to rob safaree WEAK— Ninoska E (@NINOSKA_sNm) April 3, 2018
sounds like pic.twitter.com/Dhjn5YDm3K— THE BACHELOR (@kingdaved) April 3, 2018
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